Religious Studies Department
Religious Studies Overview
Studying religions at Hartwick means big questions.
Religious Studies is not just for “religious” people. It is something that every student can embrace as a way to better understanding the diverse ways that human societies wrestle with the enduring questions of human existence – “Deep down, what is my identity?” “What is the good, and how can it be served?” “How can I be ethical in a complicated world?” “How do societies establish and preserve their sacred values?”
Our methods of study are diverse. We read sacred texts and learn strategies used to interpret those texts. We examine the physical and visual aspects of religion including ritual, art and architecture. We ponder the moral and ethical teachings of religions, especially as these compare to modern secular ethics. We explore the social aspects of religion including basic demographics, religious leadership and organization, as well as the influences religions have on other forms of culture including politics, science, technology, media and medicine.
Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.
Exciting Student Outcomes
Hartwick religious studies students complete research and field experiences and are well-prepared for employment or graduate school.
Cornell Public Affairs Graduate Program
Devin Martin ’14
SUNY Binghamton Graduate School, Medieval Studies
Angela Vincent ’15
Project Director, CSTEP Fulton-Montgomery Community College
Renata Williams ’05
Manager of Accounting
TrueCar Inc. Santa Monica, CA
Joseph Gibson ’09
United Methodist Church
Justin Hood ’13
New York Mutual Fire Insurance Company
Gwen Bennis ’16
Religious Studies Requirements
Ready to be a religious studies major or minor? Here’s what it takes.Religious Studies Major and Minor
Religious Studies Courses
The department offers courses in three core subject areas: Monothestic Traditions, Asian Traditions, and Contemporary Western Religions.Current Course Offerings
Our off-campus programs give students first hand experiences with religious groups and activities. Many of our students combine their interest in religious studies with other subjects to gain a well-rounded educational experience in the liberal arts, suited to almost any career path.More About Special Opportunities